Remote’s guide to employing in

Ireland
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  • Capital City

    Dublin

  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    English

  • Population size

    4,921,500

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementGlobal Payroll

Facts & Stats

Ireland Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Dublin

  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    English

  • Population size

    4,921,500

  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$$ (16 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    23%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    8.17% (2018 est.)

Ireland (Irish: Éire), also known as the Republic of Ireland (Irish: Poblacht na hÉireann), is a country in north-western Europe occupying 26 of 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, which is located on the eastern side of the island. Ireland ranks among the top ten wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita and ranks highly in human development, freedom of the press, economic freedom and civil liberties.

Grow your team in Ireland with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Ireland? Companies hiring in Ireland must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Ireland on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Ireland team. You can also pay contractors now in Ireland with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Ireland, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Ireland may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Ireland

Irish employment law is not contained under a single law. Instead it is governed by common law, statutes enacted in law, the Irish Constitution, EU laws, collective labour agreements in certain industries, and the individual employment contract itself.

Employment law provides strong labour conditions and protections for employees, so employing people will generally be an important investment and commitment.

However, temporary agencies are popular options for more flexible workforce arrangements. For these and many other reasons, the following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services have to be consulted when employing Ireland.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for 2023 is €11.30 per hour, resulting in a minimum monthly wage of €1,959 based on a 40-hour work week.


Effective January 2024, the new minimum wage will be €12.70 per hour, resulting in a minimum monthly wage of €2,201 based on a 40-hour work week.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Ireland fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 2 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

10 Public holidays

Jan
Monday, 1 January 20241New Year's Day (New Year's Day)
Feb
Monday, 5 February 20242Saint Brigid's Day (Saint Brigid's Day)
Mar
Sunday, 17 March 20243Saint Patrick's Day (Saint Patrick's Day)
Apr
Monday, 1 April 20244Easter Monday (Easter Monday)
May
Monday, 6 May 20245May Bank Holiday (May Bank Holiday)
Jun
Monday, 3 June 20246June Bank Holiday (June Bank Holiday)
Aug
Monday, 5 August 20247August Bank Holiday (August Bank Holiday)
Oct
Monday, 28 October 20248October Bank Holiday (October Bank Holiday)
Dec
Wednesday, 25 December 20249Christmas Day (Christmas Day)
Thursday, 26 December 202410Saint Stephen's Day (Saint Stephen's Day)

Competitive benefits package in Ireland

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Ireland are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Ireland

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Ireland.

  • 11.05%

    Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI)

Types of leave

Full-time employees are entitled by law to a basic annual paid leave entitlement of 4 weeks. The individual employment contract or collective bargaining agreements may grant additional paid leave.

Employment termination

Termination process

Under the Irish Unfair Dismissals Act 1977, an employer should only dismiss an employee on substantial and justifying grounds, or it will be deemed unfair dismissal. An employer can terminate an employment relationship for many reasons, provided the employer complies with the terms of the contract of employment, including giving the required notice.”

Employees with more than 1 year of continuous service are generally protected against unfair dismissal. Fair reasons to terminate an employment relationship include:

  • Capability, competence or qualifications of the employee;

  • Conduct of the employee;

  • Redundancy of the employee; or

  • Employer being prohibited by statute from employing the individual; or

Notice period

The statutory notice period for an employer depends on the duration of employment:

  • 13 weeks to less than 2 years: 1 week

  • 2 years to less than 5 years: 2 weeks

  • 5 years to less than 10 years: 4 weeks

  • 10 years to less than 15 years: 6 weeks

Probation periods

Probationary periods in Ireland may last up to six months, but these periods can be increased an additional six months if the company declares an extension to the probationary period in the employment agreement. Exercising this extension is not a common practice. There is no statutory minimum probationary period for employees in Ireland, although a period between 3-6 months is commonplace.

Fair Pricing in Ireland

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at US$599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors

US$29

per contractor/month

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Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

US$50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you

HRIS

Manage all of your employees in one place

Free
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Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app